Who We Are – Information – Infantino seems to be again on an eventful 2019 – FIFA.com

Who We Are - News - Infantino looks back on an eventful 2019 - FIFA.com

It has been an thrilling yr. If I had to decide on a title for it, it might be “The 12 months of Ladies” – due to every part that the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup™ meant for girls’s soccer, but additionally because of the steps ahead we took by way of discussing equality, discrimination and the position of girls in society.

This super success of the Ladies’s World Cup – which attracted over 1 billion tv viewers – triggered a number of proposals, a few of which have already been applied or have been accredited. As well as, French Soccer Federation president Noël Le Graët proposed to play the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup each two years as a substitute of 4. It’s an concept we should always discover additional collectively, particularly as girls’s soccer growth stays a high precedence for FIFA with an funding of USD 1bn deliberate for the following 4 years.

It was the yr for transformation on the pitch, but additionally off it: for instance, with girls attending a soccer match in Iran for the primary time in 40 years. It’s one necessary step alongside a path on which there’s a lot, way more to do.

When it comes to males’s soccer, 2019 was a milestone yr with the creation of the brand new FIFA Membership World Cup – a far stronger and extra inclusive event, absolutely redistributed for the event {of professional} soccer internationally.

Now we have additionally taken some necessary steps ahead to higher regulate the switch system, to advertise soccer growth and to convey some a lot wanted monetary transparency. An financial sector value over USD 7bn a yr can’t be a free-for-all, ungoverned territory.

That is a part of our concentrate on enhancing governance requirements within the sport and enhancing the general picture of soccer. For the primary time ever, FIFA has positioned itself as a strong institutional accomplice for worldwide organisations from all walks of life and particularly in these areas the place we actually consider that soccer can have a optimistic social affect. So, for instance, this yr we now have engaged in partnerships with the World Well being Organisation, UNESCO, ASEAN, African Union, World Meals Programme, the Council of Europe and European Parliament amongst others. These agreements replicate FIFA’s acknowledgement that it has a wider position in society, in addition to an obligation to uphold the very best requirements of excellent governance. This yr we additional embraced transparency and dedicated to publishing each choice of our judicial our bodies on-line. On the identical time, we now have additionally invested within the first concrete steps of the Soccer for Faculties programme and launched the FIFA Guardians initiative to safeguard youngsters.

However there may be one chief motive why these achievements are important: every of them represents an necessary step in an extended journey that also lies forward of us. Every of them is a constructing block of a brighter, fairer future for world soccer. I’m honoured to have been elected to conduct this course of over the course of the following 4 years and am already trying ahead to seeing FIFA’s initiatives bear fruit in 2020.

Yours in soccer,

Gianni Infantino

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